Wednesday, February 28, 2018

You're invited!

It's time for Bingo at the BPL!

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We had so much fun playing bingo throughout January and February that we decided to make it a monthly tradition.  Join us on March 7 for Bingo at the BPL, starting at 5:30 p.m.  We'll play several games of bingo and we'll have some snacks available for all participants.  Plus, we'll even have small prizes available for our winners.

It's going to be a great night for free, family-friendly fun, so make sure to drop in!

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration!


Join the Avoca Branch Library on March 3 for their Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration!  They’ll have books, storytime, snacks, and fun seussical crafts, as well as a free giveaway.  To participate in their drawing for a $25 gift certificate, visitors must show their library card or sign up for a library card at the Avoca Branch Library.  Make sure to drop in for a free, family-friendly day of fun on March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Rom-Com Movie Marathon: You've Got Mail

It's time for us to wrap up our Rom-Com Movie Marathon!

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail (1998)

Tonight, we’ll round out our movie marathon with You’ve Got Mail (1998) at 6:00 p.m.  Directed by Nora Ephron, You’ve Got Mail recounts the story of Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), business rivals who despise one another in real life—and fall in love online.  Popcorn and water will be provided, so make sure to drop in and help us celebrate the close of February!

Rated PG.  119 minutes.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

VITA Tax Prep: February 27, 2018

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present with photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid Card, 1095-A, 1095-D, or 1095-C.
  • Copy of last years tax returns.

To learn more free tax preparation services, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or call People Incorporated at 276-619-2235.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

Virginians imbibed their last legal drink on Halloween night in 1916—more than three years before national prohibition was enacted.  Newspapers reported bacchanalian scenes in the Old Dominion’s cities as “wets” drank up and bought out of the stocks of saloons and bars.  Most of the state’s liquor, beer, and wine producers quietly shut down.  Many farmers worried that a major part of their livelihood from corn and fruit had disappeared overnight, while supporters of prohibition exulted in the promise of a morally upright “Dry Virginia.”  For the next 18 years the state became a laboratory for a grand social experiment that ultimately left many Virginians with a serious hangover—and led to repeal.

Teetotalers & Moonshiners:  Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, tells the story of Virginia Prohibition and its legacy through an exciting exhibition and associated programming.  The exhibition addresses the important and long-lasting effects of Prohibition on the commonwealth and America, including its effects as a social reform movement, its costs, and its legacy in the creation of NASCAR and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Teetotalers & Moonshiners will be available and open to the public in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery of the Bristol Public Library from March 20 to April 28, 2018.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Avoca Branch Friends of the Library

If you're interested in helping out your local library, make sure to join the Avoca Branch Friends of the Library.  Join a community of book and library lovers, and spend time discussing future events and upcoming library programs.

The Avoca Branch Friends of the Library meet on the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted, at 12:00 noon at the Avoca Branch.  This month, they'll meet on March 5.

No registration is necessary, just drop in to learn more about the awesome opportunities available to help the library and enjoy an afternoon with library friends.

Creative & Crafty: No-Bake Cookies

Image may contain: foodLove cookies, but hate the hassle of baking?

Then join us for "Creative & Crafty:  No-Bake Cookies" on March 3 starting at 3:00 p.m.  For this project, we'll be making easy, no-bake recipes like Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and Caramel Crunch Cookies.  Both recipes are easy to follow and take no more than 20 minutes to make.

Space is limited so registration is required; however, our event is completely free to attend and all materials will be provided for registered participants.  To join, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org and let us know which cookie recipe you would like to make!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

VITA Tax Prep: February 24, 2018

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present with photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid Card, 1095-A, 1095-D, or 1095-C.
  • Copy of last years tax returns.

To learn more free tax preparation services, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or call People Incorporated at 276-619-2235.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Classic Movie Corner: Sergeant York

Tonight, the Bristol Public Library is featuring Sergeant York (1941) for Classic Movie Corner:


Starring Gary Cooper, Sergeant York depicts the life and heroic endeavors of a Tennessee sharpshooter named Alvin C. York.  York (Cooper) became famous during World War I for single-handedly killing 35 enemy soldiers and capturing another 132 in a single day in the Argonne Forest.

Our free movie starts at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.  Popcorn and water will be provided to movie attendees.

Not rated.  134 minutes.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rom-Com Movie Marathon: Return to Me

Tonight, we're continuing our Rom-Com Movie Marathon with a free showing of Return to Me (2000)!

Return to Me (2000)

Bob Rueland (portrayed by David Duchovny) spends his days working, grappling with the tragic loss of his wife; Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), after receiving a life-saving heart transplant, continues to recover and put her life back together.  When they meet at the local Irish-Italian restaurant, Bob and Grace discover a mutual attraction, but, unbeknownst to either of them, Grace received her heart transplant on the same night Bob lost his wife.

We kick things off at 5:30 p.m. tonight, so don't be late!

Rated PG.  115 minutes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

VITA Tax Prep: February 20, 2018

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present with photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid Card, 1095-A, 1095-D, or 1095-C.
  • Copy of last years tax returns.

To learn more free tax preparation services, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or call People Incorporated at 276-619-2235.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Library Closing: Presidents' Day


The Bristol Public Library will be closed on February 19, 2018, in honor of Presidents' Day.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on February 20 at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

BPL Anime Theater: Ghost in the Shell

The Bristol Public Library is offering a free showing of The Ghost in the Shell (1996) on March 1, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. as part of our continuing BPL Anime Theater.  No registration is required, simply drop in and enjoy the show!  We'll discuss anime and related manga, and we'll munch on Japanese snacks.  Popcorn and water will also be available for all movie attendees.

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Motoko Kusanagi is a federal agent, an elite cybernetic officer who deals with criminals that no one else can seem to catch--and she's been given her most difficult case yet:  a computer criminal know only as the Puppet Master.  A data-thief who can hack into the minds of unsuspecting humans and cyborgs, the Puppet Master steals sensitive information and commits crimes using cyborgs as his marionettes.  Motoko, along with her partners Bateau and Togusa, must stop the Puppet Master before he claims another victim.

Rated R.  85 minutes.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

VITA Tax Prep: February 17, 2018

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present with photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid Card, 1095-A, 1095-D, or 1095-C.
  • Copy of last years tax returns.

To learn more free tax preparation services, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or call People Incorporated at 276-619-2235.

Creative & Crafty: Chinese New Year Lanterns

Image may contain: skyThe Bristol Public Library is offering a free class on crafting paper lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year!  Starting at 2:00 p.m. on today, registered participants will have the opportunity to design and handcraft a paper lantern using bamboo, tissue paper, and other materials.

Registration is required, but supplies will be provided to all participants free of charge.  To learn more about crafting a paper lantern by hand, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.  More information can also be found at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary/.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bingo at the BPL!

Don't forget, Bingo at the BPL is today!  Visitors to the library will have the opportunity to play several free games of bingo, win small prizes, and enjoy a few snacks.  No registration is required, simply drop in at the library and join the fun!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

BPL Book Club: February


It's time for BPL Book Club!

Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room as we discuss Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles and pick up our next reading adventure, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  Copies of the next book will be provided for readers to check out.

Join us for a wonderful evening of books and Blackbird Bakery treats!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rom-Com Movie Marathon: While You Were Sleeping

It's time for the second movie in our Rom-Com Movie Marathon!

Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman in While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Tonight, we’ll watch While You Were Sleeping (1995) at 6:00 p.m.  Starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, While You Were Sleeping is a quintessential 90s romantic comedy.  Lucy (Bullock) is a hopeless romantic and, though she doesn’t like to admit it, she’s lonely.  When she’s working on Christmas Day, she unexpectedly meets the man of her dreams after he’s pushed from a train platform—only to be mistaken for his fiancĂ©e by his family!

Rated PG.  103 minutes.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VITA Tax Prep: February 13, 2018

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present with photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid Card, 1095-A, 1095-D, or 1095-C.
  • Copy of last years tax returns.

To learn more free tax preparation services, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or call People Incorporated at 276-619-2235.

Creative & Crafty: I Love Valentine's Day Cards

No automatic alt text available.The Bristol Public Library is offering a free crafty event tonight, during which interested participants will have the opportunity to create their very own Valentine’s Day cards.  Card stock, pre-cut cards, decorations, and other materials will be available for visitors to create their own customized Valentine’s Day card to keep or give away!

No registration is required for this project.  Simply join the library in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Supplies and a limited number of pre-cut cards will be available; however, participants are welcome to bring their own supplies and ideas.  To learn more, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Creative & Crafty: Chinese New Year Lanterns

Image may contain: skyThe Bristol Public Library is offering a free class on crafting paper lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year!  Starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, registered participants will have the opportunity to design and handcraft a paper lantern using bamboo, tissue paper, and other materials.

Registration is required, but supplies will be provided to all participants free of charge.  To learn more about crafting a paper lantern by hand, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.  More information can also be found at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary/.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

VITA Tax Prep: February 10, 2018

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present with photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid Card, 1095-A, 1095-D, or 1095-C.
  • Copy of last years tax returns.

To learn more free tax preparation services, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or call People Incorporated at 276-619-2235.

Creative & Crafty: Homemade Wax Candles


This month, we’re offering a new type of Creative & Crafty class for our patrons: Homemade Wax Candles!  Starting at 2:00 p.m. on today, we'll be making homemade wax candles using jam jars, natural soy wax, essential oils, and cotton wicks.

Supplies will be provided for a nominal fee of $5.  This will cover all the supplies needed for our class, including wax, oil, wicks, jars, instruction, and more.

Our class is currently full; however, we will be offering our Homemade Wax Candles again!  If you would like to learn more about our event and upcoming events, please contact the Avoca Branch Library at 423-962-9663 or the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.  You can also check out our event at www.facebook.com/bristolpubliclibrary!

Friday, February 9, 2018

You're invited!

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Starting at 2:30 p.m. on February 16, the Bristol Public Library will be offering a free afternoon of Bingo at the BPL!  Visitors to the library will have the opportunity to play several free games of bingo, win small prizes, and enjoy a few snacks.  No registration is required, simply drop in at the library and join the fun!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Unexpected Guest at the Library

We had an unexpected guest at the library this morning.  Although we were delighted to meet him, we're glad that he's been reunited with his family!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rom-Com Movie Marathon: Must Love Dogs

Tonight, we're offering a free showing of Must Love Dogs (2005) as our first selection for our February Rom-Com Movie Marathon!

Must Love Dogs (2005)

Sarah Nolan (played by Diane Lane) is divorced and, at forty-something, she’s less than thrilled with the idea of getting back out into the dating world.  When her sister, Carol, sets her up on an internet dating site, she sets off in a quirky series of dates that makes her believe that true love may be harder to find than she believed.

Make sure to join us for our free showing of Must Love Dogs, starting at 4:00 p.m.!

Rated PG-13.  98 minutes.

The Candy Lab

It's time for our second Candy Lab workshop!

We're meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Jones Creativity Center to finish creating our silicone candy molds.  We have already designed and crafted our candy mold shape, using the Tinkercad app and our 3D printer.  This week, we'll be handcrafting silicone to create our candy molds!

If you're interested in our Candy Lab, but didn't have the opportunity to register for our first class, make sure to contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 to sign up for our next class.  Although the Candy Lab is a 2-part workshop project, participants can join at any time.  We will have extra molds available.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Understanding Credit Reports & Scores with ECU


As part of our New Year's Resolution series in January, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free seminar on understanding credit reports and scores tonight, starting at 6:00 p.m. Kindle Horton with Eastman Credit Union will provide registered participants with a thorough explanation of credit reports, including how they impact daily life and how you can understand them to make personal finance easier.

Registration is required for our free event, but materials will be provided. Please feel free to register by leaving a comment on our Facebook page; however, if you do not receive a reply within 24 hours letting you know we have added your name to our list, please give us a call at 276-645-8780 or send us an email at ajohnson@bristol-library.org to ensure we have reserved a spot for you. You are also welcome to call us during our hours of operation or email us to register for our event at any time!

VITA Tax Prep: February 6, 2018

People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present with photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid Card, 1095-A, 1095-D, or 1095-C.
  • Copy of last years tax returns.

To learn more free tax preparation services, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or call People Incorporated at 276-619-2235.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Creative & Crafty: I Love Valentine's Day Cards

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The Bristol Public Library is offering a free crafty event on February 13, 2018, during which interested participants will have the opportunity to create their very own Valentine’s Day cards.  Card stock, pre-cut cards, decorations, and other materials will be available for visitors to create their own customized Valentine’s Day card to keep or give away!

No registration is required for this project.  Simply join the library in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Supplies and a limited number of pre-cut cards will be available; however, participants are welcome to bring their own supplies and ideas.  To learn more, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Library Closing: Presidents' Day


The Bristol Public Library will be closed on February 19, 2018, in honor of Presidents' Day.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on February 20 at 9:00 a.m.  If you have any questions about our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

BPL Book Club: February

The BPL Book Club will be meeting on February 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.  Our library book club will be completing and discussing Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles, and picking up our next reading adventure, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  Copies of the next book will be provided for readers to check out and read over the next month.

Join us for a wonderful evening of books and Blackbird Bakery treats!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Self-Defense & Personal Safety with Stryker Martial Arts Academy


As part of our continuing New Year's Resolution series, the Bristol Public Library is offering a free workshop on self-defense and personal safety today, starting at 12:00 p.m.  Chris Massie with Stryker Martial Arts Academy will provide participants with tips on how to protect oneself in potentially dangerous situations and ensure personal safety in everyday life.

Registration is not required for our free event.  If you would like to learn more about our upcoming workshop, please feel free to contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or email us at ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Take Your Child to the Library Day!

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It's National Take Your Child to the Library Day!

To celebrate, the Avoca Branch Library is planning a fun-filled day of snacks, crafts, storytime, giveaways, and family-friendly activities for all of visiting patrons! To participate, simply drop in to the library and join the fun. It starts at 9:00 a.m. and continues until we close at noon, so make sure to stop by and pay us a visit.

Please note, in order to participate in our library giveaways, you must have a library card or sign up for a library card on the day of the event. Participants who show their library card or receive a new card will be entered into a free drawing for a $25 gift certificate.

Friday, February 2, 2018

February Newsletter & Calendars


New month, new calendars!  Our newsletter is packed full with new and upcoming events, starting with our BPL Anime Theater on February 1, our Self-Defense and Personal Safety workshop on February 3, and our Understanding Credit Reports and Scores with ECU on February 6.  We're also planning a Rom-Com Movie Marathon with a new movie each Wednesday evening.

We'll kick things off with Must Love Dogs (PG-13) on February 7, followed by While You Were Sleeping (PG) on February 14, Return to Me (PG) on February 21, and You've Got Mail (PG) on February 28.  Popcorn and water will be served to all movie attendees!

The BPL Book Club will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room on February.  We'll finish reading and discussing Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles, and pick up our next reading adventure:  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

On the last Thursday of each month, we're celebrating film with a special look back at the classic movies we love.  This month, we're watching Sergeant York (1941).  We'll kick things off at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room on February 22.  Popcorn and water will be provided for all movie attendees!

Bingo at the BPL! was so successful in January, we've decided to offer another one.  Join us on February 16 at 2:30 p.m. as we spend the afternoon playing bingo, winning small prizes, and enjoying lots of snacks.  No registration is necessary and it's completely free, simply drop in anytime between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to join us.


We're also hosting several Creative & Crafty events this month, including:  Candle-making at the Avoca Branch Library on February 10, I Love Valentine's Day Cards on February 13, Chinese New Year paper lanterns on February 17, and canvas painting on February 24.

Our Children's Department is continuing their Winter Reading Program with slime-making on February 1, a special showing of Despicable Me 3 on February 8, and creating homemade ice cream on February 15.  They'll also be hosting their Valentine's Day Party for the kiddos on February 12 and February 13, so make sure to drop in and see what's happening!

We have also added new teen librarian Amber in the last month, and she is getting the Teen/Tween programs back up and running.  The Teen Book Club will be reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan on Mondays and 3:30 p.m. and the Tween Book Club will be reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.  They will also be celebrating their own Anti-Valentine's Day on February 14 at 3:30 p.m. with Oh Snap! Cook Decorating and The Princess Bride interactive movie.

The Avoca Branch Library is hosting their very first computer class on computer privacy and online security on February 1 at 5:30 p.m.  Then on February 3, they'll celebrate "Take Your Child to the Library Day" from 9:00 a.m. to noon by offering storytime, crafts, fun activities, and free giveaways, so make sure to join them!  They'll also be hosting candle-making on February 10 at 2:00 p.m. and Essential Oils Class at 10:00 a.m. on February 17.

The Jones Creativity Center has all sorts of fun activities planned, including the second part of their Candy Lab on February 7 at 6:00 p.m. and Adult Coloring on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.  The JCC also has several new Computer Classes planned for Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Touch Typing on Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  And, of course, don't forget the Crochet Class and Club on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.!

VITA Volunteers from People Inc. will be at the Bristol Public Library to help community members complete and file their taxes.  Starting February 3, they will be working on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For more information, please call the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or People Inc. at 276-619-2235.


Rom-Com Movie Marathon

Join the Bristol Public Library throughout February to enjoy our Rom-Com Movie Marathon.  Starting on February 7, the Bristol Public Library will be offering free showings of our favorite romantic comedies on the Big Screen in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

We're offering a new movie each Wednesday!

We'll watch Must Love Dogs (PG-13) on February 7 at 4:00 p.m. and While You Were Sleeping (PG) on February 14 at 6:00 p.m.  We'll continue on February 21 with Return to Me (PG) at 5:30 p.m., and we'll round out our movie marathon with a free presentation of You've Got Mail (PG) at 6:00 p.m. on February 28.

Popcorn and water will be served to all movie attendees, so make sure to drop in and grab a seat!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

VITA Tax Prep

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People Incorporated will be offering free tax preparation services at the Bristol Public Library starting on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  VITA Volunteers will be available on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring the following items to begin your tax prep paperwork:
  • Photo ID.  For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present with photo ID.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Social security cards or Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN).
  • All income statements, such as W-2, W2-P, W-2G, 1099, etc. for you and all dependents.
  • Expense documents:  dependent care, college tuition, student loan statements, home mortgage interest, property tax statements, alimony paid or received, etc.
  • Total paid to daycare provider and provider's tax ID number.
  • Proof of health insurance:  insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid Card, 1095-A, 1095-D, or 1095-C.
  • Copy of last years tax returns.

To learn more free tax preparation services, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or call People Incorporated at 276-619-2235.

Computer Privacy & You: Security and Safety Online

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Fake links, phishing, viruses, and scams.  They make the Web a scary place, but you can protect yourself and your privacy.

Join us for a free workshop on computer safety and security.  We’ll show you how to avoid phishing scams, identify fake links, ensure your privacy while using open WiFi, and create strong passwords to protect sensitive accounts.  We’ll meet today at the Avoca Branch Library, starting at 5:30 p.m.

To learn more, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or by email at reference@bristol-library.org.  No registration is required.

BPL Anime Theater: Metropolis


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Duke Red has plans for Metropolis. A tri-level city filled with incredible technology and great civil unrest, Metropolis is a city on the brink of change—and Duke Red is ready to seize that change by introducing a highly advanced robot named Tima to the world. But Rock, Duke Red’s son, distrusts robots and he intends to destroy Tima at any cost.

Based on the classic comic by Osamu Tezuka, Metropolis (2001) is a fascinatingly complex story about a city caught in the midst turmoil as humanity attempts to keep pace with technology. Written by Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of the famed anime classic Akira, Metropolis is a must-see for anime fans.

Join us on today at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room upstairs for a free presentation of this month’s BPL Anime Theater. Snacks, drinks, and popcorn will be served to all movie attendees.

Rated PG-13. 113 minutes.